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ogerhunch

ogerhunch (OH-ger-huns) - n., any loathsome or frightful creature, especially a bat.


Or so it is defined in various 19th century glossaries of the Shetland and Orkney dialects. Note the pronunciation, reflected in the alternate spelling of oagarhinnse. A secondary meaning is an animal in poor (frightful) condition, rather than one frightful in itself but that's not the one that gets reported. Personally, I object to calling bats ogerhunches -- they adorable.

And wouldn't you know it, when taking out the trash I ran into a herd of hungry javelinas, the dammed ogerhunches.

---L.

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meridian_rose
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Great word - must add to memories :D Also, bats are indeed adorable.
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